Friday, June 29, 2012

Friday Wrap-up: Parenting and Pregnancy News

Never again Grace [YouTube]

Mother captures 2-year-old son's life by drawing a picture of him every day [Dailymail]

Anna Paquin is expecting twins: are you surprised? [Celebitchy]

CDC Panel: Child Under 9 Needs Two Flu Vaccines Doses [FamilyPracticeNews]

Dads' First Photos With Their Babies [HuffPo]

Overtime Work in Pregnancy May Affect Baby's Size [WebMD]

Louis C.K.'s Guide to Parenting [UPROXX]

Dixie Chick Emily Robinson is Expecting!

The Dixie Chick's Emily Robison (39) is expecting her fourth child! A rep told People, "She's excited!" and that the baby is due in September. Robison is already mom to twins, Juliana Tex and Henry Benjamin (7), and a son, Charlie (9). The newest addition is her first child with boyfriend Martin Strayer.

Robinson's fellow bandmates are also mothers - Natalie Maines is a mother of two and Martie Maguire has three children.

Congratulations to the happy couple!

Do you listen to the Dixie Chicks? 

Emily Robison Expecting Fourth Child [People]

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Leukorrhea during Pregnancy

Leukorrhea, more commonly known as vaginal discharge, is quite common during pregnancy. Leukorrhea is a milky discharge with a mild odor or no odor at all. It is the vagina’s way of flushing out bacteria to protect the fetus. It is often seen before pregnancy, but shows up increasingly during pregnancy due to elevated levels of estrogen and blood flow. Leukorrhea is primarily composed of old cells and natural bacteria flora.

Later in pregnancy, you might see a different kind of leukorrhea - it will resemble egg whites. As the cervix thins, it begins to expel the mucous plug that acts as a protective barrier for the baby. This mucous might come out in one mass and could have a tiny bit of blood in it. It will have a jelly-like consistency. If blood is present, it usually means labor is apt to happen in the next 24 hours. Leukorrhea can act as a barometer of fertility and health for a reproductive woman, particularly during pregnancy.

In any of the following cases, contact your health professional for treatment:
  • If there is spotting or bleeding.
  • If you see large amounts of fluid - it can often be hard to distinguish between normal vaginal discharge or amniotic fluid. If there is any question, you should contact your caregiver.
  • If you notice a sudden increase in fluid before you have reached 37 weeks, it could be a sign of preterm labor. Fluid, mucous, blood and blood-tinged secretions all could indicate preterm labor.
  • If the mucous has a pungent odor or is accompanied by itching, burning, or inflammation then it could mean you have a yeast infection (or candidiasis). Pregnancy increases the risk of yeast infections. Yeast infections are not a danger to the fetus but you should be treated right away. Giving birth with a yeast infection could give the infant thrush, an infection of the mouth that is easily treated. Anti-fungal medication is the generally prescribed remedy.
  • If the discharge begins to smell or changes colors it might mean you have another type of infection. Yellow, green or gray discharge indicates an infection and could be a sign of an STD. Some STD's can cause preterm labor and uterine infections. If they aren’t treated, they can lead to stillbirth, low birth weight, brain damage, blindness and deafness. Bacteria Vaginosis is a common infection that causes the discharge to become fishy-smelling and urination becomes irritating - the condition is easily treated with antibiotics. Untreated, however, it can lead to a premature or low birth weight baby.
  • If you have pain during urination or sex, you might have a urinary tract infection and will require treatment. Recurrent UTI’s can be prevented by drinking pure cranberry juice. 
To ward off many types of infections: avoid douching, bubble baths or using anything scented near the vagina. Wear cotton underwear and avoid tight-fitting clothes. Wipe from front to back and keep the area clean and dry.

Increased vaginal discharge is one of a handful of unpleasant symptoms that come with pregnancy. It's important to be aware of any changes that occur so you can head off any infections before they become serious. Always contact a medical professional if you suspect an infection has developed during your pregnancy, do not try to treat it yourself.

Vaginal discharge during pregnancy [BabyCenter]
Vaginal Discharge [UniversityofIllinois]
Vaginal Discharge During Pregnancy [AmericanPregnancy]

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Jason Lee Welcomes His Third Child!

Actor Jason Lee (42) welcomed his third child to the world! Sonny Lee was born on June 16th in Los Angeles, weighing 7 lbs 6oz. He joins big sisters Pilot (8) and Casper (3). He is the second child for Lee and his wife Ceren.

The couple were married in July 2008. Lee recently guest-starred on the parenting comedy Up All Night.

Congratulations to the happy couple!

What do you think of the name Sonny?

Jason Lee Welcomes Son Sonny [People]

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Chad Lowe Expecting Second Child

Chad Lowe (44) is expecting his second child with his wife Kim. A rep revealed to People that they're expecting in the fall. The newest addition will join big sister Mabel (3).

The couple were married in 2010 in Los Angeles. Lowe says of his wife, "Kim is extraordinary. I can’t believe my good fortune to have a partner that is as committed, loving, tolerant and present as she is. She is the best mom I could ever imagine."

Congratulations the happy couple!

Baby No. 2 On the Way for Chad Lowe [People]

Monday, June 25, 2012

Final Vote for the Best Pregnancy Blog!

We've completed the first round of voting for the best pregnancy blog on the web, now, we're down to the final eight contestants. The winning blogger will receive a $500 Amex card, provided by Cord Blood Registry. Please help us choose a winner:

1. For the Love of Football, Food and Motherhood:
2. Cory and Stephanie Barnhart:
3. Mommy Tales: belly edition:
4. Just Relax and It Will Happen
5. pregnant chicken:
6. Knocked up:
7. Tracking LB (Little Boy)!:
8. The Late Stork:

Featured Babies of the Week

Every week we feature the best baby photos sent to us through our Babies of the Week contest. We receive photos from parents from all over the world. Here are a few of our favorites:

Jeremiah James was born on September 21, 2011, he weighed 6 lbs 9oz and measured 19 inches long. Mom says, "what makes him special is his blue eyes and all his crazy hair."

Sofie Grace was born on June 30th, 2011. Mom says, "She was very stubborn from the get go! Was a week late and was born face up! No matter how much the dr tried to turn her around she decided she was going to do this her way! From day one she's been her own person and had a big personality! And she's always ready to take her picture! Absolutely loves the camera!"

Jett was born on November 19th, 2010. Mom says, "Jett is a very active and happy baby. He loves music, dancing and he brightens our days with his big smile!"

 Tessa was born on April 27th, 2011. Mom says, "She is almost 8 month and loves to laugh, play and talk to her self."

Actane Warren Eugene was born on April 21st, 2011. Mom says, "√Ąctane is a very happy baby, always smiling and giggling. He cracks up when people cough and makes a sour face for every new food he trys. He is as chubby as he can be and has awesome blue eyes. He is by far the coolest baby I know."

Thanks to all the parents who sent us their pictures. You can see the rest of the featured photos on the front page of BabyWeekly. To enter your baby picture for the Baby of the Week contest, please click here. Due to the high volume of submissions we receive, it may take many months before your baby's photo is featured.